Much was made of Newcastle’s shortcomings in the summer transfer window, with loan signing Loic Remy our only bit of serious business. After an indifferent start to the season manager Alan Pardew admitted that he will be strengthening the squad come January. We’ve taken a look at some of the players who could well be on the Magpies radar.
The Manchester United ace has been strongly linked with a January loan move to Newcastle. The winger, who joined United in the summer, has not featured much for United and would surely be open to a move. Zaha would bring welcome competition amongst the wide men as well as providing the required quality to lead the Toon up the table during the second half of the season.
Newcastle need goals and they need them fast. Papiss Cisse’s stock has fallen recently; he is yet to score in the Premier League and the fact that bookmakers like Titan Bet are pricing him at 150/1 to be the league’s top-scorer highlights his current decline. The Toon drastically need a scorer and Finnbogason is a cheap and viable option. The Icelandic star scored 28 goals in 33 appearances for Heerenveen last year and has 13 goals in nine appearances to his name so far this season. Available for around £5m the striker could be the perfect tonic to Newcastle’s current goal drought. Not only is he cheap, he would also be willing to move to Tyneside, but Newcastle need to move quickly as West Ham are also said to be interested.
Pardew has already hinted that he is looking at Richards as he bids to strengthen his defence. The right-back is struggling to get into the Man City side at the moment and with the 2014 World Cup approaching he knows he needs first team football if he is going to be on the plane for Rio. Football betting fans at least seem to think that a move to Newcastle would be the perfect opportunity to reignite his career. Pardew has also admitted that he is looking at signing British players in January and Richards is expected to be at the top of his wish list.